The Singles and Doubles Collection
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SINGLES AND DOUBLES COLLECTIONThis is a work in progress. This OTRR Collection is a Non-Certified one, containing series in which currently only one or two episodes are known to exist -- hence the name: "Singles and Doubles Collection". Almost every type genre is included.
Radio -- called by some The Theater of the Mind -- has been with us since 1920 when stations WWJ of Detroit and KDKA of Pittsburg made the first regular commercial broadcasts. The first program aimed at entertaining the unseen audience followed close behind.
Over the years since then, literally thousands of series have been broadcast nationally and thousands more in regional or local markets. Some endured for a few years, others for 20 or 30, and some unfortunately only had one episode broadcast. Of those thousands, some series saw some of their episodes saved for the future, some saw nearly all and others only one or two episodes.
While the goal of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group is to preserve radios past by collecting, and archiving as many different series as possible and making them available to the community, we do not want to let the series that only had a minimum number of episodes to survive go unpreserved for future generations.
To that end we have put together this unique collection of series. Most of the programs you will find here will be totally unfamilar to you, but they are informative and entertaining none the less.
This is the second version of this collection that we have released. Since the first collection new broadcasts have surfaced, and others will undoubtely be found in the future. When and if that occurs, we will release a version three.
From comedy to drama to cooking shows to music, you'll hear it all here, and every episode will be unique and different. They run the gamut, from the middle 20s to the early 70s, all showing us a glimpse of the past, when things were slower and families gathered round the radio each evening. Times when each person was hearing the same thing, but created a different picture in their minds of what the characters looked like, the scenery, location, and most important the sounds. Sounds that each found a different meaning in, but one that entertained, educated, and made the world a smaller place, where you could hear those stories that in the past were told to just a few, gathered round the dinner table, at a campfire, or in small audiences, but now the whole world could hear and enjoy.
Some of these episodes may be misnamed or misdated. If you find such, please let us know. Additionally there may be some dead air space at the beginning or ending of some episodes. This is not one of our certified sets, it is being provided as a way to obtain those series in which only one or two shows have survived.
The files are quite large and will take a long time to download on a slow connection. We will be creating a separate page (or pages) for the individual MP3 files.
OTRR Release Information:
Series Name: Singles and Doubles Collection
Release Status: NON CERTIFIED
Release Date: October 3, 2007
Release Version: Version 2
Number of CDs: N/A -- this collection equates to 3 DVDs
Each ZIP file contains series that with begin with the letter(s) found at the end of the ZIP file name. For a listing of all the MP3 files included in this collection, please see the text file below.
From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
OLD TIME RADIO RESEARCHERS GROUP
This is a production of the Old Time Radio Researchers (OTRR) Group located at Old Time Radio Researchers Website (www.otrr.org), Old Time Radio Researchers Facebook Group, and Old Time Radio Researchers Group.
It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.
If you are interested in preserving Old Time Radio (OTR), you may wish to join the Old Time Radio Researchers Group at Facebook and Groups.io.
Relax, listen, and enjoy!
OTRR Maintained Set -- This set contains all known episodes in the best available audio condition with the most accurate dates and titles known to be in general circulation and based on current research at the time of release. Replaces OTRR Certified Accurate and OTRR Certified Complete.
OTRR Non-Maintained Set -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Maintenance process.
Pre-2019 OTRR Definitions:
OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that was "Certified Accurate" indicated that all the episodes were properly identified and labeled based on current information but that the series did not contain all known extant episodes.
OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that was "Certified Complete" achieved the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implied that all the files in the series were "Certified Accurate" and also indicated that the series was as complete as possible and included all circulating episodes.
OTRR Non-Certified -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Certification process.
Also, beginning in 2019, the version numbers of our OTRR releases changed format -- instead of v1.0 or v2.1, we are now using a version number that reflects the year and month the set was released. The format used is a two-digit year followed by a two-digit month. For example, "v1906" indicates a set that was released in June 2019, or "v1910" indicates a set released in October 2019.
NOTE: There are no passwords for any of our ZIP files. If you are prompted for a password, before downloading the file again, try unzipping the file into a shorter full folder path name -- for example, unzip to "C:\" instead of "C:\Documents and Settings\your_Windows_ID\some_other_folder\". Sorry, some of our releases contain long folder and file names, which sometimes manifests itself on the Windows platform as prompting for a password for the ZIP file. Or try renaming the ZIP file itself to a shorter name before unzipping.
- 2008-03-11 05:27:28
Subject: An Excellent Blast From The Past
Subject: Great Collection
I just downloaded the collection and have barely scratched the surface listening to it. I'm very impressed! There is a great variety of material. Some wonderful, some OK, and some throwaways. I'm sure I'll be entertained for some time to come.
Thanks for doing this work!
Subject: Errors in Singles and Doubles Collection
Also, there was no way to know from seeing a list of posted shows that some of the shows were completely different shows. And many changes were made after the lists of programs were posted.
Here are a few errors I noticed in this collection:
41-12-08_xxx_Adventure_Story.mp3 was Let's Sing and Swing from 12-12-08 (broadcast on NBC Red at 1330 with news of the declaration of war)
41-12-08_xxxx_Adventure_Story.mp3 is apparently the second half of Let's Sing and Swing)
theo points out that 48-12-28 xxx American Forum Economic Forecast for_1949 turns out to be a kids show called Happy the Humbug 481228, with the open cut.
Best Sellers 45-09-20 was John B. Kennedy
Bob Smith Show should be dated 47-08-25
47-04-26 BreakfastwithDorothyandDick.mp3 s/b dated 47-05-09
Broadway Matinee 44-06-07 was Morning in Manhattan (same date)
By The People (12) The Burning of Washington.mp3 is mislabeled. It was By The People (47) Forest Fire.mp3
47-xx-xx007CareerOfAliceBlair2.mp3 and 47-xx-xx008CareerOfAliceBlair2.mp3 - At least 3 episodes of Career of Alice Blair exist in mp3
49-11-29 Club930.mp3 There at least 3 episodes of Club 930 available. This file is also misdated and should be 49-11-24. Note the reference to it being Thanksgiving.
xx-xx-xx136ColgateCavalcade1_64kb.mp3 was mislabeled. (This is the second file labeled Colgate Cavalcade). It was a closed circuit broadcast that I have seen labeled as Closed Circuit 52-11-26.mp3
Under C's, 49-09-21xxxTremaynesThe.mp3 was The Croupier (same date)
Under C's, 49-11-10xxxNBCLittleTheater.mp3 was Comedy Playhouse - School for Scandal (same date)
45-04-22 (xxx) Drew Pearson Show.mp3 and 45-05-06 (xxx) Drew Pearson Show.mp3 There are at least 3 episodes available in mp3
47-08-xx (001) David Street Show - Guest - George Jessel.mp3 s/b 47-08-08
52-12-28 (xxx) Forty Million - Friend Of The Bride.mp3 There are at least 3 available in mp3
General Electric Program - Guest - Judy Garland 521030
There are at least 7 episodes of the General Electric Program in mp3. This is the official name of the Bing Crosby Show from 1952 to 1954.
Gracie Fields Show - Guest - Jack Carson
There are at least 5 episodes available in mp3
Gus Arnhein - First Song - It's Love
Gus Arnhein - First Song - You Really Started Something
There are at least 16 shows of Gus Arnheim available in mp3
47-06-18 xxx Hollywood Trends.mp3 was Ford Showroom (same date).
47-06-18 xxxx Hollywood Trends.mp3 was Melody Souvenirs - WPQN Possum Song (same date).
40-04-21 xxx John Kirby Orchestra.mp3 s/b called Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm
41-05-25 (xxx) Little Man Outside.mp3 was Great Moments from Great Play 41-04-25 Dead End
43-11-20 (xxx) Leo Diamond Harmoonaires - First Song - Nobody's Swee.mp3 Harmonaires is misspelled
47-07-31 (xxx) The Listening Post.mp3 was Ladies Be Seated (same date)
47-11-07 (xxx) Life Can Be Beautiful - Close The Investigation.mp3 at least 3 available
50-05-06 (xxx) Fabulous Mr Manchester, The - Man Behind The Mystery.mp3 was Log of the Black Parrot (same date)
38-02-21 (xxxx) Melody Puzzlers.mp3 s/b Melody Puzzles
38-12-xx (xxxx) Melody Puzzles (38-02-21).mp3 was a poorer sounding copy of the above show
46-07-11 (xxxx) The Minstral Train - Auditiion.mp3 Minstrel and audition are misspelled
46-11-07 (xxxx) Minstrel Train, The.mp3 was Hail, the Champ (same date)
48-xx-xx (xxxx) Manhattan Playhouse - The Perfect Secretary.mp3 s/b 49-01-08
M\38-xx-xx (0741) Monticello Party Line.mp3
M\38-xx-xx (0742) Monticello Party Line (2).mp3
are not doubles. There are at least 10 of these available in mp3.
49-06-20 (xxxx) Mystery Award Theater - Pieces Of Eight.mp3 s/b Mystery Award Theater - Pieces Of Silver
49-11-02 (xxxx) Molly And The Captian - First Episode.mp3 - Captain is misspelled
M\49-01-23 (xxxx) Mr Feathers - Do Unto Others.MP3 s/b dated 49-11-23
M\49-11-23 (0003) Mr Feathers - The Woman in the Case.mp3 s/b dated 50-01-07
41-07-12 (xxxx) Nichols Family Of Five, The.mp3 was Miss Pinkerton, Inc. (same date)
42-01-07 (xxxx) Jane Endicott, Reporter - Girl Bites Dog.mp3 was Navy Relief 42-01-07 Promotion for Navy Relief Society.mp3
46-03-15 (xxxx) Navy Colt - Audition.mp3 was Johnny Fletcher Mystery - The Navy Colt 46-03-25
46-06-09 (xxxx) Hour Of Mystery - Journey Into Fear.mp3 was Nate Gross Show - Guest Jack Benny (same date)
47-08-23 (xxxx) Fantasy (Audition).mp3 was NBC Story Shop - Donald Duck's Vacation (same date)
47-10-15 (xxxx) New York Tonight.mp3 was Allen Prescott (same date)
49-11-10 (xxxx) N B C Little Theater.mp3 was Comedy Playhouse (same date)
51-06-05 (xxxx) New Theater - After Many A Summer Dies The Swan.mp3 s/b dated 51-08-05
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) NBC Twenty-fifth Anniversary Broadcast.mp3 s/b 51-xx-xx
Open House 45-01-28 Nylon Stockings.mp3 s/b dated 46-01-28. This is based on news items mentioned in the show and confirmed through newspaper articles in the NYT.
41-12-07 (xxxx) Captain Flagg And Sergeant Quirt.mp3 was Over Our Coffee Cups (same date)
47-02-28 (xxxx) Date Night.mp3 was Out of This World (same date)
39-09-21 (xxxx) Americans At Work.mp3 was The Parker Family (same date)
42-01-07 (xxxx) Jane Endicott, Reporter - Girl Bites Dog.mp3 was Navy Relief 42-01-07 Promotion for Navy Relief Society.mp3
46-12-25 (xxxx) Purple Heart Album - First Song - Santa Claus Is Com.mp3 was Christmas in America (same date)
48-12-29 (xxxx) Mr Chameleon - The Perfect Maid Murder Case.mp3 was Poole's Parlor (same date)
47-01-14 (xxxx) Virginia Marvin (Audition).mp3 was P.A.L. Show (47-01-04)
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) Pet Milk Cookbook.mp3 was Mary L. Taylor 39-09-21
44-07-10 (xxxx) Paul Winchell And Jerry Mahone.mp3 Mahone s/b Mahoney
46-04-27 (xxxx) Shriner Special.mp3 was Phone Again, Finnegan (same date)
38-05-31 (xxxx) Say It With Words - In Your Hat.mp3 was Recital in Swingtime (same date)
38-11-20 (xxxx) Song Search.mp3 was Ray Kinney and his Native Hawaiians 38-11-20 Live from the Hawaiian Room (same date)
40-09-29 (xxxx) Emergency Funds Appeal .mp3 was Columbia Square Presentation - Presentation of Bronze Tablet (same date)
45-11-22 (xxxx) Americans at Thanksgiving.mp3 was Raising a Husband (same date)
46-06-26 (xxxx) Fourth Estate - The Tip-Off.mp3 was Rosemary (same date)
46-07-14 (xxxx) Harvest Of Stars - Moby Dick.mp3 was Ronny Mansfield - What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life 45-07-14 (announces Saturday)
46-07-18 (xxxx) Ronnie Mansfield - My Pet Brunette (ending clipped).mp3 was Ronny Mansfield 45-07-18 (announces Wednesday) (spelling used in LA Times radio listings)
46-12-30 (xxxx) Bob Gadbury and The News.mp3 was Reveille Roundup - The Rain in Rio (same date). Also this one and Reveille Roundup - Wyoming are not doubles
47-06-17 (xxxx) Special Investigator - The Fake Diploma Mill.mp3 was Raymond Paige Show - No
Respect For a Lady (48-09-10) (date from NYT radio listing)
48-03-15 (xxxx) Henry J Taylor - Rattlesnake.mp3 was Renfrew of the Mounted (date uncertain)
48-04-27 (xxxx) Joseph Enos.mp3 was Roger Kilgore, Public Defender - George Brown (same date)
xx-xx-xx (0128) Roger Gale.mp3 s/b called In The Air with Roger Gale
xx-xx-xx (0129) Roger Gale (2).mp3 s/b called In The Air with Roger Gale
42-07-05 (xxxx) Star Spangled Vaudeville.mp3 was Homage to George Gershwin 42-07-04
Sports Answer Man - at least 3 available in mp3
42-10-09 (xxxx) Stump The Experts.mp3 was Information Please (same date) with Gregory Ratoff (also over 100 available)
44-01-18 (xxxx) Star For A Night.mp3 s/b dated 44-01-19
44-11-26 (xxxx) Stop or Go (1).mp3 was Music in the Foster Fashion (same date)
45-04-15 (xxxx) Sunday Serenade.mp3 at least 10 available in mp3
45-09-16 (xxxx) Smoke Dreams.mp3 was Musical Autographs (same date)
46-04-27 (xxxx) Shriner Special.mp3 was Three Hundred Party (same date)
46-09-24 (xxxx) Stories Of The Bible.mp3 s/b Story of the Bible
47-06-27 (xxxx) Story for Tonight - Miracle Man (1).mp3 was San Francisco Unlimited (same date)
47-xx-xx (xxxx) Special Investigator - The Fake Diplomia Mill.mp3 - Diploma is misspelled
49-10-26 (xxxx) Steve Allen Show - Guest - Al Jolson.mp3 s/b 49-10-19 Date confirmed via article
in L.A. Times re Al Jolson's movie premiere
50-02-18 (xxxx) Saturday at the Shamrock - Guests - Chico, Harpo Mar.mp3 - at least 6 available
51-08-21 (xxxx) Strike It Rich.mp3 - at least 3 available in mp3
54-07-26 (0058) Don Gray, Marine Investigator #1.mp3 was San Francisco Final
55-xx-xx (0042) Strange - Phantom Wagoneer.mp3 - at least 8 available in mp3
xx-xx-xx (0002) Schooner Conquest - Island Emeralds (2).mp3 was a duplicate of Singles & Doubles
Collection xx-xx-xx (0001) Schooner Conquest - Island Emeralds (2).mp3
xx-xx-xx (0052) Stars And Stripes Forever - The Spirt of Saint Louis.mp3 - Spirit is misspelled
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) Silver Eagle, The - Decoy for Death.mp3 is a duplicate of Singles & Doubles
Collection 54-07-20 (xxxx) Silver Eagle - Decoy For Death (2).mp3
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) Star Spangled Theater - The Gypsy's Hand (2).mp3 - at least 3 available in mp3. Should be dated 41-08-03.
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) Stars On Parade - It pays to Adventise.mp3 - Advertise is misspelled. s/b dated 51-08-17
4x-xx-xx (xxxx) Take It Or Leave It.mp3
at least 5 episodes of this show are available in mp3, so it should be deleted. This one is from 42-11-08 with guest Jack Benny.
45-09-14 (xxxx) Ted Malone.Mp3 s/b labeled Between the Bookends and is already in
the collection under that name
49-06-25 (xxxx) This Is Paris - Guest - Eddie Cantor.mp3
at least 13 episodes of this show are available in mp3
50-03-10 (xxxx) Up For Parole - Case Of John Newton.mp3 is not a single or double. There are about 10 available on this website.
47-11-13 (xxxx) Virginia Greg - Audition.mp3 could be Virginia Gregg (note two ls), but the woman calls herself Virginia Marvin.
47-05-18 (xxxx) Voice Of Freedom.mp3 was Just a Dream (same date)
Adventures of Zorro - 5 available at this link
46-09-04 (xxxx) Western Trails.mp3 was Western Stars (same date)
50-01-20 (xxxx) Wizard Of Odds, The.mp3 was Leave It To Joan (same date)
47-01-20 (xxxx) Your Land And Mine (1).mp3 was a copy of the Kenny Baker Show from the same date.
Subject: Great Collection
Please continue to post any corrections you find. While the OTRR will not issue a corrected set(remember this is a collection, not one of their certified series), corrections will be made to the OTTER database.
Supplemental volumes will be issued as more 'ones and twos' become avaiable.
Subject: Glitches Fixed!
There were some internal glitches for this page over the last month -- these have now been fixed by archive.org (thanks, Alexis and your engineer!), so there should only be one version of this page now. I know at least one review was lost -- the one where I responded to the person who had an issue with the "R" file. That particular file did have a problem during the original upload process -- only about 100 MB of its ~528 MB size actually was uploaded successfully. The "R" file was replaced with the correct version a couple weeks ago, and a review was posted at that time. The new "R" file made it OK, but the review did not.
Since archive.org fixed the behind-the-scenes issues on this page yesterday, I've downloaded all the files and each unzipped each file. (I use the open source FTP client FileZilla -- also recommended by archive.org.) Every file downloaded cleanly and unzipped cleanly. No issues!
Subject: Love thy Neighbor mistake
I will place an explaination on the file (not mine) as to what's wrong with it...
Hollywood Is On The Air – Love Thy Neighbour 40-12-17. To distinguish this show from the other Love Thy Neighbour extras, the one I’m referring to opens with: “How do you do ladies and gentlemen, this is Ken Carpenter bringing you a preview of the film that every radio listener is waiting for, Love Thy Neighbour.” There are two versions of this show – the correct one lasts for around 14.02 minutes whilst the incorrect one lasts for around one hour two minutes and is the same show but padded out with both Jack Benny 42-12-27 and The Big Show 50-12-27 tacked on the end.
Subject: Incorrect Title
One of the two shows entitled "Betty Crocker Magazine - Guest Miss Kerr" is really "Aunt Jemima presents Ladies Be Seated"
I couldn't find this in Otter so I believe it is a "new find"
Subject: "R" Zip Problem Solved
Superb Collection with a minor problem:
Download the faulty "R" zip
Change to .rar [you must have winrar] and open in Winrar.
In Tools click Repair archive
Highlight the contents and drag to any folder you prefer.
It worked for me!!
Subject: Downloaded 695 Times?
Subject: Genre's of the download
The person uploading these said they are all genres. That means that there'll be mysteries, detectives, comedies etc in the various packages.
Subject: What are these?
Uploaded by OTRRArchive on